Marginal Wood Fern

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The soft, luxuriously fresh fonds of Marginal Wood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis) lend soothing color to your landscape year-round! Twice compound, deeply cut, grey-green to blue-green fronds hold themselves upright and in a formal, neat vase shape. Forms compact and dense clumps that add glowing lushness to the shade!

Also known as Marginal Shield Fern, these are hardy natives typically found in shaded to the Eastern US and the Southeastern States, in forest edges, and growing in rocky ledges and bluffs. Often found growing under Oaks, and nestled under their fallen leaves.

These are well-behaved native Ferns that will stay put where you plant them and not colonize! At home in woodland settings and dappled shade. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 8, these vase-shaped clumps stay about 2 feet in height and width. These perennial deciduous Ferns can remain evergreen in warm, frost-free climates.

Planting and Application:

Marginal Wood Fern is an easy-care groundcover that won't take over your garden beds, mix among shady shrubs and shade-loving perennials, Hosta, Astilbe, Bleeding Hearts, and of course, other Ferns!

Perfect for radiant skirting around the shade of large leggy shrubs and gazebos, patios provide a soft finishing touch. Plant en masse for a vibrant swath of enchanting greenery year-round. Great in containers to provide greenery and ornamental filler, as well as, throughout the garden beds and borders.

Line your shaded borders with lush greenery for glowing transitions between the garden and lawn. Excellent native plants for stabilizing shaded slopes and hard-to-mow areas. Marginal Wood Fern grows where most grass cannot without the need of any care!

Eastern Wood Ferns grow in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and ravines, so you can rest assured they'd thrive in your Rock Gardens and formal urban lots both benefit from a burst of fresh green.

  • Soft Fresh Dark Grey-Green to Blue-Green Fronds
  • Golden Brown Fiddleheads
  • Delicate Uniform Leaves
  • Tidy Erect Vase-Shaped Clumps - Never Becomes Aggressive!
  • Loves Cool Shady Areas, Woodland & Winter Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Ferns are easy to maintain and incredibly low maintenance, but also disease and pest-free. Ferns can handle the densest shade in warmer climates and full sun in cooler areas, these natives are found naturalizing. These are incredibly tolerant, resilient, and adaptable plants that we're sure will make themselves right at home in your landscape!

Their sun tolerance depends on their access to moisture and your climate - more water and cooler climates mean this Fern can take more sun! Typically enjoying consistent moisture and humidity for the healthiest plants possible. Doing best in rich humus that is well-drained, Wood Fern even tolerates rocky soil as long as it has plenty of organic matter.

Add Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, because the symbiotic ingredients work non-stop over the life of the plant.

Hardy and disease resistant, pest-free, and stand up to deer and rabbit browse. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. These evergreen Ferns clumps may be divided in spring, but this is seldom required. Though enjoying to spread, they're easily controlled and cared for.

  • Full Shade & Part Shade
  • Loves Moist Rich Well-Drained Soil
  • Evergreen Fern in Warmer Climates
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Very Cold Hardy, Deer & Rabbit Resistant

Soft fresh and radiant green, landscapes gain soothing texture and calming presence, Marginal Wood Fern will give your landscape the spa treatment! Order your hardy native greenery from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Marginal Wood Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Dryopteris marginalis
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Autumn